“Twister…Ride It Out” at Universal Studios

Twister...Ride It Out
Project Overview: 
McLaren was retained to provide structural and mechanical engineering services as part of the design of Universal Studios “Twister…Ride It Out” experience. Based on the movie Twister, this experience simulates a tornado event. Show effects include a rapid floor drop, awning drop, a splitting tree, a swaying tree, a falling neon sign, a tear-away screen, and shaking doors. Environmental effects include wind, noise, lightening simulator, and rain.
McLaren's Role: 
McLaren provided structural development and analysis, performed dynamic analysis of structures in motion using LARSA® and STAAD® modeling programs, provided fatigue analysis, performed mechanical design, and provided mechanical component and hydraulic and pneumatic component selection. Fabrication and installation was by Production Resource Group (Scenic Technologies).
Service: 
Mechanical Engineering
Service: 
Structural Engineering
Service: 
Fatigue Analysis
Location: 
Orlando, Florida
Client: 
Scenic Technologies, Inc.
Project Type: 
Structural and Mechanical Design
Role: 
Prime
Contract Period: 
1996-1998
Construction Cost: 
$2,000,000
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Location
Orlando, Florida

Client
Scenic Technologies, Inc.

Our Role
Prime
Project Type
Structural and Mechanical Design

Contract Period
1996-1998

Construction Cost
$2,000,000
Services
Mechanical Engineering
Structural Engineering
Fatigue Analysis